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The ultimate weekend of smooth jazz returns for its 14th season! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival showcases the top names in smooth contemporary jazz — all just steps away from the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches and exciting shopping, dining, and nightlife. Named a “Top 100 Event in North America” by the North American Tour Bus Association, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival combines top talent and white sand beaches for a jazz experience unlike any other.

Artists to appear include:

Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Trombone Shorty, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Down To The Bone, Phil Perry, Nick Collione, Mindi Abair, Four 80 East, Maysa, Jeff Golub, Cindy Bradley, Jeff Lorber, David Pack, Eric Darius, Alexander Zonjic, Brian Simpson, Althea Rene’, Shilts, Urban Jazz Coalition, Karen Briggs, Matt Marshak, Gail Johnson!

Tickets available online at and by phone at 800-595-4849. Plus, don’t miss our Seabreeze Dinner Cruise with Brian Culbertson aboard The Lady Anderson Dinner Yacht on Wednesday April 18th from 7-10pm. Kick off the ultimate weekend of smooth jazz in style with Brian Culbertson! For more information call 850-267-3279.

The 2012 Seabreeze Jazz Festival will be here before you know it. Tickets are already on sale and jazz lovers are booking their favorite Panama City Beach gulf-front vacation rental. Every year, the Panama City Beach vacation rentals sell out for this event and those closest to the event site at Pier Park go first.

April 19 – 22, 2012
Pier Park Amphitheater, Panama City Beach, FL

St. Louis, Missouri (8 September 2011): Three weeks of sold-out Caribbean cruises showcasing dozens of the biggest stars in contemporary and straight-ahead jazz established Jazz Cruises as the preeminent jazz promoter on water, but a full slate of concert sponsorships on land in 2011 has made the St. Louis-based company one of the world’s top jazz promoters on land and sea.

This year, Jazz Cruises, the largest private music ship charter company in the world, quietly adopted the “Love It Live” manta, a philosophy with a specific purpose. “Our goal is to make sure that jazz continues to be a vital and vibrant part of the national music scene,” said Jazz Cruises executive director Michael Lazaroff.

With that goal in mind, Jazz Cruises aggressively placed themselves wherever jazz music is played live. Either under the company name or their contemporary jazz cruise brand, The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party At Sea, they became the title sponsor of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival and three October festivals: Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, JW Desert Ridge Jazz Festival and Sedona Jazz on the Rocks. Lazaroff conceived the highly successful summer concert tour by a super group of legends – George Duke, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn – that toured under the DMS moniker on a coast-to-coast trek sponsored by Jazz Cruises.

Jazz Cruises also sponsors the Chicago Smooth Jazz Series, St. Louis Smooth Jazz Series, Vail Jazz Festival, Jazz St. Louis, and a land tour by the Vista All-Stars comprised of a collective of musicians who perform on the company’s The Jazz Cruise excursion. On September 15th, The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party At Sea will sponsor an all-star benefit concert in Newport Beach to support guitarist Jeff Golub, the only musician who has performed on every sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise. Golub recently lost his sight, but was given hope by doctors that his vision may be restored through an expensive series of medical tests and procedures.

On sea, Jazz Cruises produced two sold-out sailings of The Smooth Jazz: The Greatest Party At Sea in January followed by a sold-out 10th anniversary sailing of The Jazz Cruise, the latter of which is already sold-out for 2012. The seven-day floating festivals sail in luxury aboard Holland America vessels to exotic Caribbean destinations while featuring stellar live jazz performances in theatre and more intimate club-size venues. The cruises are experiential musical vacations allowing passengers passage behind the velvet rope to interact with the musicians in unique settings. The luminous talent lineups that perform aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise and The Jazz Cruise include Grammy winners, legends, chart-toppers as well as rising stars.

For Lazaroff, his passion for jazz came naturally. “I grew up in household where music played all the time, with jazz and the standards reigning supreme. My father was a very good amateur alto saxophonist and my mother (Jazz Cruises founder Anita Berry) was the first person in the world to charter an entire ship for a jazz cruise, so my love for the music and interest in cruising is genuine. ‘Love It Live,’ is how music should be played and heard, and as a company, Jazz Cruises will do anything that we can to insure that live music – particularly jazz – prospers, grows and is heard and understood by as many people as possible.”

About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises)

The largest private music ship charter company in the world, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) owns, produces and promotes The Smooth Jazz Party: Greatest Party At Sea ( and The Jazz Cruise (, and is proud to partner with Time Life for The Malt Shop Memories Cruise ( and an R&B/soul music cruise to be announced later this month. Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) prides itself on providing first-class musical vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective genres for loyal passengers, many of whom make the cruises an annual affair. With its current slate of excursions, Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) will have produced 35 full-ship charter cruises. Additional information is available at


The 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards will be presented after all! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City Beach, Florida, has come to the rescue.

Mark and Renee Carter, who produce the Seabreeze Festival, are coordinating exactly when and how winners will be announced and the Oasis Awards will be presented. The Festival runs April 13th through the 17th.

The custom-made statuettes have logged some miles. “The actual Oasis Award trophies were already engraved and on a UPS truck headed to San Diego when we had to cancel the event. We retrieved the Awards and began looking for an appropriate way to present them. When Jeffrey Wolfe contacted us on behalf of the Seabreeze Festival, we were elated. Seabreeze is a premiere event deserving of the Awards”, said Oasis co-producer Larry Seacat.

The list of winners has been a carefully held secret. “We have had numerous requests from media outlets and even a few artists asking about the winners list”, said Oasis co-producer Bill Paddock, “but only my partner and I and Mark and Renee have that information”.

Over 10,000 votes were cast for the 19 Oasis Award categories during the online voting throughout February.

The 2011 Oasis Awards were originally scheduled to be announced and presented in San Diego on Saturday, March 12, as part of an extensive four day event. Organizer Bill Paddock orinally launched the Oasis Awards, then called Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, in 2000 and continued in 2001 with a SOLD OUT show at the Chicago Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Paddock sold his interest in the Awards after the 2001 show and the new owners produced a successful show in San Diego in 2002. The Awards had been on hiatus after 2002 until last year when Paddock and Seacat decided to re-launch in 2011. Paddock explained “We had great interest from all over the United States and around the world. That just didn’t translate to ticket sales. We had great publicity and support. Our mistake was planning too much and not getting the word out more clearly. Our post-cancellation feedback showed us that our message was not clearly understood”. “We do want to thank our friends in the industry and especially the artists who have sent words of support in the past month”, added Paddock. “And special thanks to Mark and Renee Carter and Jeffrey Wolfe. Once again, the good people of jazz have come through!”.

Details will be forthcoming from the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.

Back by popular demand! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise is back for 2011 — setting sail aboard the dinner and entertainment yacht The Lady Anderson. Docked behind the Captain Anderson Restaurant on Grand Lagoon, The Lady Anderson features two climate controlled dining salons, a full service galley, full service bar, and exceptional on-board staff with a performance stage on the boat’s main level in air-conditioned comfort. The Seabreeze Jazz Festival Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise  is the perfect way to kick off the weekend of smooth jazz in style.

The Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise is a three-hour cruise of breathtaking St. Andrews Bay as dolphins play and the setting sun sparkles off the water. Dinner will be a selection of hot entrees (Seafood, Carved Beef and Pasta Dishes), Vegetables, Salad, Fruit, Rolls with Butter and Dessert plus Coffee and Tea. A Cash Bar will be available.

Then, get ready for some high-energy smooth jazz from saxophonist Eric Darius right from your dining table. A Meet and Greet and CD Signing to follow dinner and the show. The boat will return to the dock promptly at 10pm. This event will jumpstart the “ultimate weekend in smooth jazz” with a once-in-a-lifetime evening of great dining, great scenery, and live smooth jazz.

WEDNESDAY – APRIL 13th : Boards 6:30pm, Sails 7pm

The Lady Anderson is located at the Captain Anderson Marina on Thomas Drive at 5550 North Lagoon Drive in Panama City Beach. This is a short drive from the Pier Park area.